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English Social Conversation @East and West Learning Connections 2023

 *We are constantly recruiting native English-speaking facilitator volunteers for the English Social Conversation program! Please see the invitation message at the end of this announcement.

 Have you ever wondered what to talk about in a social conversation? Or, as an immigrant, do you sometimes feel it is difficult to join your local co-workers’ conversation because you don’t know the people or things they are talking about, or you have some everyday questions that you would like to know how local people would think or deal with? Or do you just want to find a safe, relaxing and friendly environment to talk to some native English speakers, and enjoy a pleasant conversation?

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EAWLC Frank’s Dialogue with Berlin Fang: Effective Learning in the Age of Surplus/Frank对话方柏林:过剩时代的有效学习

This dialogue will be conducted in Mandarin.  For English introduction please jump to next heading in English.

Frank对话方柏林:过剩时代的有效学习

不用提社交媒体和电子游戏的干扰,单单是丰富的学习资源,各种纷纷涌现的机会,已经让这个年代的人应接不暇,于是我们把这个时代称为过剩时代。如何有效地学习是当下困扰人们的重要问题之一。在美国大学担任教育设计专家的方柏林博士,也是《过剩时代的学习》和《知识不是力量》等专著的作者。机械工程学博士Frank Wang 倡导终身学习,业余时间从事教育专栏写作,对新时代的学习方法和专注力培养等问题非常关注。二位嘉宾将作客东西联学社,就“过剩时代的学习”以及学者专家们倡导的一些新学习方式展开对话与讨论。

欢迎朋友们前来听讲、参与讨论,也欢迎提前将感兴趣的问题发给我们。

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EAWLC Zoom Learning for Curious People: The Fitness Remedy

Shaoxuan Zhou (Joe), a professional architect and urban designer, came to our club in July of this year, giving a wonderful lecture on the appreciation of architectural designs.  Other than an architect, ‘Coach Joe’ is also a known nickname among his friends: they often go to Joe for fitness advice, some finding it life-changing.  It all started from a casual enrollment in a community gym in Beijing in 2005.  At the time Joe had been bothered by stomach ulcer and insomnia for years.  He even stopped his indie architecture design practice, spending most of the time on all kinds of sports in a hope to get his health back on the track, but had progressed very little.  To his great surprise, Joe saw remarkable improvement in all of his symptoms within one month after he started the workout, and felt like overhauled after three months.  Ever since then, Joe’s  fascination with fitness training has driven him to educate himself on kinesiology, and become an personal trainer for himself, families and friends, in addition to a happy, healthy and successful architect again.  Exercises, if done in a right way, is bound to bring life-changing benefits to your health, according to Joe, as he has witnessed himself!

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East & West Dialogue with KEITH GAREBIAN and JIRAIR TUTUNJIAN: The Odysseys of Recovering

Saturday, June 29 @ 7:30 pm 9:00 pm

This month, we are very much honoured to be joined by two prominent Armenian Canadian authors: a literary critic/poet and a magazine editor. They shall address the topics of immigrant odysseys, and how sometimes exile and self-exile can lead to a recovery of roots of identity and more!

Time: Saturday June 29, 2024 at 7:30 – 9 P.M. (Eastern Time)

Please RSVP to info@eawlc.org if you wish to participate in person or register the online Zoom session.

Reading more about the event and guest speaker profile here.

East & West Dialogue with KEITH GAREBIAN and JIRAIR TUTUNJIAN: The Odysseys of Recovering

At East & West Dialogue, volunteer guest speakers from different cultural backgrounds come to East and West Learning Connections to share their living experiences, thoughts and concerns, and have a dialogue with our audience.

This month, we are very much honoured to be joined by two prominent Armenian Canadian authors: a literary critic/poet and a magazine editor. They shall address the topics of immigrant odysseys, and how sometimes exile and self-exile can lead to a recovery of roots of identity and more!

Time: Saturday June 29, 2024 at 7:30 – 9 P.M. (Eastern Time)

Please RSVP to info@eawlc.org if you wish to participate in person or register the online Zoom session. .

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EAWLC Lunch Coaching Hour for Business Communication, 2024

EAWLC Lunch Coaching Hour for Business Communication 2024

Due to popular demand, we are delighted to announce the return of the renowned communication trainer, Ric Phillips, for workplace culture and business communication coaching.  Register here!

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EAWLC Book Talks with Evelyn Chau on How To Speak To Anyone

Thursday, June 13 @ 7:30 pm 9:00 pm

This month, we are delighted to have Toronto-based author Evelyn Chau to talk about her second works, a communication techniques book How To Speak To Anyone: Communication Tactics for the Quietly Ambitious Who Want to be Seen, Heard and Valued

Register here or read more about the author and the event.

EAWLC Book Talks with Evelyn Chau on How To Speak To Anyone: Communication Tactics for the Quietly Ambitious Who Want to be Seen, Heard, and Valued

In our Book Talks program, authors and/or translators come to introduce their books, and facilitate discussions with our audience.

This month, we are delighted to have Toronto-based author Evelyn Chau to talk about her second works, a communication techniques book How To Speak To Anyone: Communication Tactics for the Quietly Ambitious Who Want to be Seen, Heard and Valued

Time: Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 7:30-9 P.M. (Eastern Time)

Click here to register.

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Lunch Coaching Hour for Business Communication 2024 Session #7

Thursday, November 28 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Session #7Register here

Due to popular demand, we are delighted to announce the return of the renowned communication trainer, Ric Phillips, for workplace culture and business communication coaching!

In this year’s series, coach Ric will explains cultural and psychological rationale behind Western business practices, essential for gaining trust and credibility to thrive in Canadian business culture. He is also particularly effective when breaking down real-life challenges. In this year’s seven sessions, he will cover a range of topics in everyday business scenarios, from small talks, to making great impression with management, and from public speaking to presentation skills. For those of you who are also looking to advance your careers, he will also share expert advice on how to build a team and improve leadership skills. Learn more.

Lunch Coaching Hour for Business Communication 2024 Session #6

Thursday, October 24 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Session #6: Register here

Due to popular demand, we are delighted to announce the return of the renowned communication trainer, Ric Phillips, for workplace culture and business communication coaching!

In this year’s series, coach Ric will explains cultural and psychological rationale behind Western business practices, essential for gaining trust and credibility to thrive in Canadian business culture. He is also particularly effective when breaking down real-life challenges. In this year’s seven sessions, he will cover a range of topics in everyday business scenarios, from small talks, to making great impression with management, and from public speaking to presentation skills. For those of you who are also looking to advance your careers, he will also share expert advice on how to build a team and improve leadership skills. Learn more.

Lunch Coaching Hour for Business Communication 2024 Session #5

Thursday, September 26 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Session #5: Register here

Due to popular demand, we are delighted to announce the return of the renowned communication trainer, Ric Phillips, for workplace culture and business communication coaching!

In this year’s series, coach Ric will explains cultural and psychological rationale behind Western business practices, essential for gaining trust and credibility to thrive in Canadian business culture. He is also particularly effective when breaking down real-life challenges. In this year’s seven sessions, he will cover a range of topics in everyday business scenarios, from small talks, to making great impression with management, and from public speaking to presentation skills. For those of you who are also looking to advance your careers, he will also share expert advice on how to build a team and improve leadership skills. Learn more.

Lunch Coaching Hour for Business Communication 2024 Session #4

Thursday, June 27 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Session #4: Register here

Working in western business culture involves much more than just taking orders. “Negotiation” is a useful skill in many situations. For example, you might be asked which project you would like to work on, or be offered a salary increase or new role that wasn’t quite what you expected; you may also need to reach agreement with your peers about project deadlines and how to move a project forward with a blocking issue. Come and hear Ric’s insight on “Negotiation at Work.”

Due to popular demand, we are delighted to announce the return of the renowned communication trainer, Ric Phillips, for workplace culture and business communication coaching!

In this year’s series, coach Ric will explains cultural and psychological rationale behind Western business practices, essential for gaining trust and credibility to thrive in Canadian business culture. He is also particularly effective when breaking down real-life challenges. In this year’s seven sessions, he will cover a range of topics in everyday business scenarios, from small talks, to making great impression with management, and from public speaking to presentation skills. For those of you who are also looking to advance your careers, he will also share expert advice on how to build a team and improve leadership skills. Learn more.

English Social Conversation

Wednesday, June 12 @ 8:00 pm 9:00 pm

Register here.

This month’s appetizer topic:

What qualities do you admire most in others?  Please share a story to illustrate.

Have you ever wondered what to talk about in a social conversation? Or, as an immigrant, do you sometimes feel it is difficult to join your local co-workers’ conversation because you don’t know the people or things they are talking about, or you have some everyday questions that you would like to know how local people would think or deal with? Or do you just want to find a safe, relaxing and friendly environment to talk to some native English speakers and enjoy a pleasant conversation?


Judith Lawrence and her native English-speaking volunteer team are kindly facilitating Social Conversations to address those questions for you at the East and West Learning Connections. They come from all walks of life. We are delighted to have a group of open-minded, friendly, and fun people as our facilitators! You are welcome to bring questions of interest to the breakout rooms. We try to keep a ratio of facilitators to participants at a maximum of around 1 to 4 in every session. Learn more…